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Monday, 22.12.2014, 16:12
It is a trivial pursuit: growth can be achieved with a due investment. Business people knew that from time immemorial… It seems that the Commission and European Investment Bank at last paid attention to the idea and intends to assist the member states through defined and recommended actions.
The new EU President, former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, takes his office as the European Union’s leader on the first day of December 2014. His election to the highest EU post is both a reflection of stronger Eastern European states and a weakness of major Western governments. Bottom-line: EU leadership needs Eastern-European perspectives…
The newly created Commission is determined to show all the advantages of European integration during next five years. Setting EU’s strategic priorities for 2015 means taking into account the states’ interests. Politicians in the Baltic States have to be active in adapting to expected changes.
The UK plans to set up the British Business Bank (BBB), as an integrated entity for managing SMEs access to finances in the country. The European Commission has concluded that the plan is in line with EU state aid rules. Good example for politicians and business community in the Baltic States!
Both, a recent Commission’s report and a Eurobarometer survey (October 2014), underline that Europe’s future is based on science achievements. While EU’s member states are still facing many challenges, a lot of solutions to these problems would come from science and new technologies.
In the new Commission’s team for 2014-20 the Baltic Sea States –including the three Baltic countries – have greatly increased their influence on the EU affairs. It’s high time for the Baltic States to form a “true Baltic Course”.
The latest Eurobarometer survey results published in July 2014 is the first EU-wide opinion poll conducted since the European Parliament elections in May which were organised under the slogan "This time it's different". The opinions collected have shown that this time it was different with positive developments in several areas.